Friday, December 15, 2006

Mary's Song

Off we go this morning to hop on a plane and head for Oahu for a three-day weekend. We are especially looking forward to tonight when we go to our grandsons' school Christmas program to watch them perform. In programs past, we have been so blessed by Christ being the central theme of the program and by hearing the sweet, melodious voices of so many precious small children singing Christmas carols and other Christmas-themed songs they have learned. We are so blessed by their smiles and enthusiasm. It has been awhile since we've seen our grandsons, Bryan and Bradley, so it'll be great to feel those little arms around our necks again.

I am reminded that long, long ago, Mary had a song in her heart when she was told that she would be the one to give birth to the Messiah that she and her people had so long been waiting for. Can you just imagine what emotions must have welled up inside her with this news? As she was carrying this little child in her womb and during her visit to her cousin, Elizabeth, she sang this song:

"My soul praises the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for hee has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me---holy is his name!"

Even before his birth, she was able to see the great magnitude of what this Christ child would accomplish in his short earthly ministry and how he would bless the world for generations and generations to come. We should have a song in our hearts and be humbled as we ponder this wondrous birth!

Glory to God in the Highest! Peace on earth goodwill to men!


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